The Pun Also Rises: How the Humble Pun Revolutionized Language, Changed History, and Made Wordplay More Than Some Antics (Compact Disc)

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By John Pollack, Pete Larkin (Narrated by)
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Description


The pun is commonly dismissed as the lowest form of wit, and punsters are often unpopular for their obsessive wordplay. But such attitudes are relatively recent developments. In The Pun Also Rises, John Pollack-a former World Pun Champion and presidential speechwriter for Bill Clinton-explains why such wordplay is significant: It both revolutionized language and played a pivotal role in making the modern world possible. Skillfully weaving together stories and evidence from history, brain science, pop culture, literature, anthropology, and humor, The Pun Also Rises is an authoritative yet playful exploration of a practice that is common, in one form or another, to virtually every language on earth. At once entertaining and educational, this engaging book answers fundamental questions: Just what is a pun, and why do people make them? How did punning impact the development of human language, and how did that drive creativity and progress? And why, after centuries of decline, does the pun still matter?

About the Author


John Pollack is a former presidential speechwriter, the winner of the 1995 O. Henry World Championship Pun-Off, and the author of books including "Cork Boat" and "The World on a String."

Pete Larkin, an "AudioFile" Earphones Award winner, has worked in virtually all media. He was the public address announcer for the New York Mets from 1988 to 1993, served as host of WNEW-FM's highly rated "Saturday Morning Sixties" program, and has done hundreds of commercials, promos, and narrations.

Praise For…


"Anyone with an interest in language is going to find this book fascinating." ---David Crystal, author of How Language Works

Product Details
ISBN: 9781452603797
ISBN-10: 1452603790
Publisher: Tantor Media Inc
Publication Date: August 1st, 2011
Language: English